“PRAISE IN THE PARK Since 2004”
A 1-day downtown explosion of Gospel/Christian Music in a combined honor of Memorial Day, Independence day, Juneteenth Day and Labor Day. This will
perpetually bring unity in the community through music in the message of GOD’s Love for us all. There will be tons of gospel/Christian music and singing,
Christian jazz-inspiration, Christian-country-music, outside theater and outreach. Along with actual readings by business and community leaders of The
Declaration Of Independence, Gettysburg Address, Emancipation Proclamation and The FDL Pledge and more... This event was held in the Fond du Lac
Downtown Veterans Park at Main Street and Western. Copies of The Declaration Of Independence, Gettysburg Address, Emancipation Proclamation, The
FDL Pledge and a list of the year to date of incidents, actions and milestones are given to all who attend. (UPDATE: Juneteenth is now represented as a day
of celebration by a group know as Ebony Vision, which we support and encourage, Bishop Haywood is also a member with his family and is a Board Member)
Housing is a Big Issue; Lack of Minority and Low Income Persons having opportunity in Home Ownership is an even Bigger One. Communities that have
experienced major demographic and economic change that had no plan or desire to assist people in taking ownership of property, have been doomed to
create ghettos. The conclusion of the matter is that Home Ownership and the hope and anticipation of transitioning in to it, will preserve and develop a
thriving and healthy community.
WHAT IS RAPP?
Simply put, RAPP (Rental Accountability Partnership Program)
is a Christian Based program designed to partner with Landlords to act as a buffer between the Ideal Tenant and the Nightmare Tenant, and a Second
Chance Initiative for the Renter.
5-FOLD PROGRAM INITIATIVE
Landlord Support (Direct Interaction With RAPP Tenants)
- Tenant's One on One Life Counseling
- One on One Training through Dwelling Accountability
- Monthly Group Training and Accountability Forums
- Helping Hand Service (Tenants assisting other RAPP members)
The Problem We Must Address:
- COVERT RACISM
OUR 7-TOP CIVIL PRIORITY ISSUES:
1. FREEDOM DIVERSITY and LOVE
2. NEXT-STEP HOUSING and HOME OWNERSHIP
3. MINORITIES in and on FOND DU LAC (city/county) PUBLIC, GOVERNMENT, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PRIVATE AGENCIES
4. HANDS-ON BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND TRUE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
5. ALTERNATIVE TRANSIT and TRANSPORT SERVICES
“It’s A Wonderful Life In FDL Programs”
Since the Redevelopment Authority of Fond du Lac city has held its “needs” public hearing and have identified the most pressing community development
issues, I feel that there is little need to re-list or point out the obvious. Therefore we submitted the following Concise-Proposal based on the findings of the
A Community-Based Next Step Housing and Alternative Transportation Service;
will be a funded service provided by Bread Of Life Institutional Ministries. It will focus on providing Improved/Alternate transportation services for LMI persons
particularly during dates/times that the Fond du Lac Transit does not operate. It will also Expand/Create transitional housing for those vacating emergency
shelters (Next Step Housing). It is expected that through the providing of these services that it will be possible to have a direct and positive effect on the
operational well being of businesses and the working community-at-large.
(A) Item No. 8---Improved transportation services for LMI persons particularly during dates/times that the FDL Transit does not operate. Although funding for
alternative transit programs is critical, the strategies used to address transportation challenges are equally important.
BOLTA Launched by the initial sponsored of a local foundation, (Bread Of Life Transportation Authority) The BOLTA program is a service that our ministry
currently provides from time to time with no funding at present to assist a few that are affected by the off hours of the current Bus System. Based on the
number of applicants, BOLTS has and will solicit volunteer drivers who will receive a flat monthly stipend based on the number of runs that are made to
transport LMI individuals. Operating door to door utilizing a central dispatch location, the program will provide transportation to enable riders to get to medical
appointments, jobs, stores, and schools, to seek employment, and to engage in recreational activities and other quality of life situations during the off hours
and inaccessible areas of the FDLTA (B O L T A is not, has never and will not be in competitions with F D L T A or local taxi companies. NOTE: BOLTA was
voluntarily suspended after numerous complaints from a major cab company in town as we decided that we did not wish to strain our relationships that were
still developing with city/county officials. We decided not to go into the taxi business and would suspend the service until further notice.
(B) Item No. 9---Expansion of transitional housing units for those vacating emergency shelters. Although the need for transitional housing is a necessary
element for those in need of housing after emergency shelter, traditional rooming houses have been found to not be a suitable environment in many cases to
help those in need to transition into stable housing and home ownership.
NEXT STEP HOUSING The Next Step Housing Program is intended to go a STEP further than just providing a place to live for the moments after leaving
emergency shelter. It is designed to help individuals and families to put away funds to for a suitable home or apartment, receive financial counseling, family
counseling and on track career and job positioning. The Next Step Housing Program initially seeks to lease and later own 10 suitable dwellings to house
multiple families and individual for up to 6-18 months at a time.